From Nachos to Buffalo Chicken: Popular Game Day Recipes in Every State
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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe, Nachos and More Game Day Snacks

Game day wouldn’t be the same without food
From Nachos to Buffalo Chicken: Popular Game Day Recipes in Every State
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You can’t have a perfect game day without the right food. Be it a full meal or a spread of appetizers, you need to make sure you have something satisfying to chow down on while you’re glued to the screen. And whether you are taking in a college game day or settling in to watch the pros, residents of each state have a dish appropriate for their table. From recipes based on a team’s mascot to regional specialties, here are some game day ideas inspired by every state and Washington, D.C.

Alabama: White BBQ Sauce with Smoky Chicken

Alabama: White BBQ Sauce with Smoky Chicken

It wouldn’t be right to have a game day barbecue without Alabama’s signature white barbecue sauce. This recipe pairs tangy regional barbecue sauce with smoky, tender chicken.

For the White BBQ Sauce With Smoky Chicken recipe, click here.

Alaska: Alaskan King Crab Gougere Sandwich

Alaska: Alaskan King Crab Gougere Sandwich

King crab is one food you need to try if you’re visiting Alaska. This recipe takes the beloved Alaskan king crab and combines it with Asian-style pickled vegetables to create the perfect sandwich to eat without taking your eyes off the game.

For the Alaskan King Crab Gougere Sandwich recipe, click here.

Arizona: Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

Arizona: Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner

Bell peppers make for a tasty game day appetizer, and stuffed peppers are a great Southwestern option. This recipe stuffs hearty ground beef along with spinach and couscous inside of a baby pepper, that is then topped with cheese.

For the Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers recipe, click here.

Arkansas: Ham and Cheese Stromboli

Arkansas: Ham and Cheese Stromboli
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Razorback fans can pay homage to their beloved mascot with this delicious pork-based recipe. This ham and cheese stromboli allows you to make your own bread and fill it with delicious ham and cheese to create a masterpiece perfect for tailgating.

For the Ham and Cheese Stromboli recipe, click here.

California: Vida Verde’s Guacamole

California: Vida Verde’s Guacamole
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Californians love their avocados, so classic chips and guac is all they need to get through the game. This guacamole recipe is quick and easy to prepare so you won’t have to spend too much time in the kitchen instead of in front of the screen. And when you’re done, there’s a secret trick to keeping your guacamole fresh even after the game is over.

For Vida Verde’s Guacamole recipe, click here.

Colorado: Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs

Colorado: Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs
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It may be hard to take your eyes off the majestic mountains in Colorado, but on game day, it’s all about the food. The Broncos may be the center of attention in this state, but Coloradans can appreciate this one-pot, Slow-Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe.

For the Slow Braised Beef Short Ribs recipe, click here.

Connecticut: Carolina Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Dip

Connecticut: Carolina Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Dip

Connecticut, home to one of the beautiful college campuses in the country, takes pride in UConn and the Huskies. This pulled pork slow cooker dip recipe is the perfect game day appetizer for cheering on the home team.

For the Carolina Pulled Pork Slow Cooker Dip recipe, click here.

Delaware: Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Delaware: Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
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Nicknamed "the First State," Delaware knows a thing or two about classics, including this dish you can probably spot at any Super Bowl party. This buffalo chicken dip recipe is a staple dish when it comes to game day foods — and you can make it in just 30 minutes.

For the Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Florida: Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa

Florida: Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa

This recipe works well with Florida’s taste for Latin flavors. This grilled chicken recipe definitely isn’t boring because it not only has cilantro and lime but also a flavorful corn salsa to give it some kick.

For the Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken With Corn Salsa recipe, click here.

Georgia: One-Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip

Georgia: One-Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner

Just because Georgia is called the Peach State doesn’t mean that is all they eat. On game day, they’re all about that seven-layered dip. This recipe adds Mexican-style ground beef sausage between layers of tomatoes, corn, cheese and more all in one skillet.

For the One-Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip recipe, click here.

Hawaii: Salmon Poke Dip

Hawaii: Salmon Poke Dip
Courtesy of Emily Paster

We all know Hawaiians love their Spam, but this recipe is a spin on another signature Hawaiian dish: poke. This salmon poke dip includes fresh fish, avocado, jalapenos, onions and more and tastes great with a side of root vegetable chips.

For the Salmon Poke Dip recipe, click here.

Idaho: Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Idaho: Loaded Potato Pinwheels

Courtesy of Pillsbury

Even though Idaho didn’t vote potatoes as their favorite vegetable, Idaho is the home of potatoes, especially on game day. This recipe takes loaded potatoes and combines them with pinwheels to create this great appetizer.

For the Loaded Potato Pinwheels recipe, click here.

Illinois: Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Illinois: Chicago-Style Hot Dogs

Chicago-style hot dogs run this state. It isn’t a proper game day in Illinois until you get yourself a hot dog with sport peppers, tomatoes, pickle relish and more on a poppy seed bun.

For the Chicago-Style Hot Dogs recipe, click here.

Indiana: 3-Ingredient Barbecue Pork

Indiana: 3-Ingredient Barbecue Pork

Indiana’s breaded pork tenderloin sandwich is probably the best thing to eat in the Hoosier State, but this pork sandwich recipe made with barbecue sauce and beer is also great for game day.

For the 3-Ingredient Barbecue Pork recipe, click here.

Iowa: Pulled Pork Sliders

Iowa: Pulled Pork Sliders
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Iowans love their pork as much as they love their corn. This pulled pork slider recipe combines slow-cooked shredded pork with an unusual marinade ingredient: Dr Pepper or root beer. You can even turn it into a meal that you can make ahead and freeze for a weeknight.

For the Pulled Pork Sliders recipe, click here.

Kansas: Classic Beef Cheeseburgers

Kansas: Classic Beef Cheeseburgers
Courtesy Beef. It's What's For Dinner

You can’t go wrong with a classic cheeseburger recipe. Kansas is known for its beef, and Midwesterners will surely love to have the best burgers at their game day party.

For the Classic Beef Cheeseburgers recipe, click here.

Kentucky: Bluegrass Burger

Kentucky: Bluegrass Burger
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

When it comes to tailgating during game day, you can always count on someone grilling up some burgers, steak, chicken and more — and this Bluegrass Burger is perfect for “the Bluegrass State.” The recipe tops a blue cheese burger with bacon, Sriracha and a fried egg.

For the Bluegrass Burger recipe, click here.

Louisiana: Shrimp or Crawfish Po'boy

Louisiana: Shrimp or Crawfish Po'boy

Po’boys are a staple in Louisiana’s famous cuisines, so it won’t be surprising to see people enjoying this sandwich during a Saints or Tigers game. This Shrimp or Crawfish Po’boy recipe is best eaten “dressed” with tomatoes, pickles, lettuce and mayonnaise on French bread.

For the Shrimp or Crawfish Po'boy recipe, click here.

Maine: Lobster and Spinach Dip

Maine: Lobster and Spinach Dip

Maine has some of the best seafood shacks, but you can also whip up some delicious seafood right at home for game day. Right before the game starts, toss together this dip recipe using cooked lobster meat, spinach, sour cream, mayonnaise and lemon juice.

For the Lobster and Spinach Dip recipe, click here.

Maryland: Crab Cakes

Maryland: Crab Cakes
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

This is a quick and easy appetizer you can make before being glued to the TV to watch the Baltimore Ravens. This crab cake recipe takes less than an hour to make and features a Sriracha ginger mayo sauce to eat with the patties.

For the Crab Cakes recipe, click here.

Massachusetts: Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Massachusetts: Buffalo Chicken Casserole
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There are a few ways you can make creative dishes inspired by America’s best buffalo wings. For example, Buffalo chicken dip is a staple at Patriots, Celtics or Red Sox watch parties. But take this dish to another level by making this Buffalo Chicken Casserole. It’s a mix of shredded chicken, hash browns, hot sauce and ranch dressing in layers.

For the Buffalo Chicken Casserole recipe, click here.

Michigan: Coney Chili Hot Dogs

Michigan: Coney Chili Hot Dogs
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You can’t enjoy game day without eating one of Michigan’s most iconic restaurant dishes: Coney-style dogs. This Michigan classic harkens back to the state’s Greek roots through the chili that sits on top of the hot dogs.

For the Coney Chili Hot Dogs recipe, click here.

Minnesota: Hot Dish Dip

Minnesota: Hot Dish Dip

This recipe is a twist on Minnesota’s iconic casserole dish. This hot dish dip recipe is a filling side to eat on game day thanks to layers of ground meat, vegetables and cheese.

For the Hot Dish Dip recipe, click here.

Mississippi: Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket

Mississippi: Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket
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Mississippi has some of the most storied college football programs in the nation, leaving residents brimming with school spirit. In between cheering, Mississippi fans can chow down on this equally as classic appetizer: pigs in a blanket.

For the Everything Bagel Pigs in a Blanket recipe, click here.

Missouri: Easy Pasta Skillet

Missouri: Easy Pasta Skillet

Courtesy of McCormick

Toasted ravioli may be Missouri’s favorite, but on game day, speed up the process with this quick skillet recipe. This pasta skillet recipe is quick and easy to make with simple spaghetti sauce, ground beef, pasta and cheese. It’s one of many great foods you didn’t know you could make in your cast iron pan.

For the Easy Pasta Skillet recipe, click here.

Montana: Mountain Men’s Pepperoni Rolls

Montana: Mountain Men’s Pepperoni Rolls
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

For a state known for its majestic mountains and state parks, it only feels right to suggest this game day appetizer for Montanans. This Mountain Men’s Pepperoni Rolls recipe makes a satisfying snack on game day.

For the Mountain Men’s Pepperoni Rolls recipe, click here.

Nebraska: Chicken Chili With Black Beans and Corn

Nebraska: Chicken Chili With Black Beans and Corn
Courtesy of McCormick

This chicken chili recipe is a definite game day pleaser that you can easily make ahead of time. The recipe includes beans, chicken breast and a bunch of spices like paprika, cumin and of course corn in honor of the Huskers.

For the Chicken Chili With Black Beans and Corn recipe, click here.

Nevada: Crispy Curry Coconut Shrimp

Nevada: Crispy Curry Coconut Shrimp
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Nevada doesn’t have it’s own football team, but that doesn’t mean the state, specifically Sin City, doesn’t love game day. If you want your gathering to feel like game day at a casino sports book, this is the recipe for you. This crispy curry coconut shrimp recipe can be easily made using pantry staples and its light to eat as an appetizer.

For the Crispy Curry Coconut Shrimp recipe, click here.

New Hampshire: Corned Beef and Pickle Dip

New Hampshire: Corned Beef and Pickle Dip
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner.

This corned beef and pickle dip recipe pays homage to New Hampshire’s traditional dishes from Colonial times. Try this recipe during game day as a spread on a sandwich or as a dip with crackers or vegetables.

For the Corned Beef and Pickle Dip recipe, click here.

New Jersey: Outrageous Barbecued Nachos

New Jersey: Outrageous Barbecued Nachos
Courtesy of Virgil's Real BBQ

New Jersey can be outrageous in its sports fandom — and with its game day snacks. Traditional nachos, a popular Mexican dish, are absolutely perfect in all forms, but this barbecued nachos recipe adds in pulled turkey and other meats smothered in barbecue sauce, cheese and jalapenos.

For the Outrageous Barbecued Nachos recipe, click here.

New Mexico: Pozole

New Mexico: Pozole

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It doesn’t always have to be about burgers and hot dogs. New Mexicans can often be found enjoying delicious Mexican recipes at home during game day. This pozole is made out of shredded chicken and hominy in a red sauce.

For the Pozole recipe, click here.

New York: Buffalo Chicken Skewer

New York: Buffalo Chicken Skewer

New York is the birthplace of one of the most common game day foods: Buffalo wings. But if you want to change it up this year, try this Buffalo Chicken Skewer recipe that uses Buffalo chicken chunks lined up with celery topped with blue cheese.

For the Buffalo Chicken Skewer recipe, click here.

North Carolina: Carolina Barbecue Burgers

North Carolina: Carolina Barbecue Burgers
Courtesy Beef. It's What's For Dinner

Ready for the ultimate recipe to upgrade your game day? Take delicious Carolina-style barbecue and combine with a classic burger, then you got this savory Carolina Barbecue burgers recipe with homemade sauce.

For the Carolina Barbecue Burgers recipe, click here.

North Dakota: Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches

North Dakota: Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches
Courtesy of McCormick

It wouldn’t be a true North Dakota game day feast with having a hot beef sandwich. This open-faced roast beef sandwich recipe takes another approach to the classic North Dakota dish by taking away that top layer of bread and getting straight to the delicious tender roast beef covered in gravy.

For the Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwiches recipe, click here.

Ohio: Buckeyes

Ohio: Buckeyes
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It would almost be rude to not have the snack food that defines Ohio on the table during game day. For the Buckeye State, here’s a classic Buckeyes recipe with smooth peanut butter and chocolate.

For the Buckeyes recipe, click here.

Oklahoma: Southwestern Vegetable Cornbread Bake

Oklahoma: Southwestern Vegetable Cornbread Bake
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Game day favorites tend to be very meat heavy, but they don't have to be. This Southwestern vegetable cornbread bake recipe is much like Oklahoma — a combination of Southern and Southwestern flavors. This side dish is vegetarian-friendly with zucchini, corn, and black beans.

For the Southwestern Vegetable Cornbread Bake recipe, click here.

Oregon: Mexican-Style Beef Sausage Nachos

Oregon: Mexican-Style Beef Sausage Nachos
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner

Oregon has a sizable Mexican population, and this Mexican-style Beef Sausage Nachos recipe amps up your typical tortilla chips. Make sure to check if any sauces or salsas you plan to add are expired. It's good to know the shelf life of your salsa and other dipping sauces.

For the Mexican-Style Beef Sausage Nachos recipe, click here.

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak Dip

Pennsylvania: Philly Cheesesteak Dip
Courtesy of McCormick

A cheesesteak is an essential Philly sandwich, and this is a simple way to capture its flavors for game day. This Philly Cheesesteak Dip recipe transforms the bread into a bread bowl full of gooey cheese, roast beef, green peppers and onion in a cheese sauce.

For the Philly Cheesesteak Dip recipe, click here.

Rhode Island: Nor'East Lobster Bake Quiche

Rhode Island: Nor'East Lobster Bake Quiche
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Eating lobster is essential for Rhode Islanders, and this Nor’East Lobster Bake Quiche recipe will help fill bellies during the game. It’s also a fantastic way to use the rest of your eggs before they go bad.

For the Nor'East Lobster Bake Quiche recipe, click here.

South Carolina: Salt and Pepper Party Skewers With Peanut Dipping Sauce

South Carolina: Salt and Pepper Party Skewers With Peanut Dipping Sauce
Courtesy of House Foods

This recipe pays homage to the popular boiled peanuts that could be spotted at tailgates in South Carolina. The peanut sauce is the perfect dip for roasted peppers or other vegetables.

For the Salt and Pepper Party Skewers With Peanut Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

South Dakota: Ikea Meatballs

South Dakota: Ikea Meatballs

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Swedish meatballs are a dish that Scandanavian immigrants brought to South Dakota. While you’re shopping for ingredients for your next get-together at the grocery store, you can pick up supplies to recreate those cult favorite Ikea meatballs for your game day party. This copycat Ikea meatball recipe is easy to make these delicious Swedish meatballs at home.

For the Ikea Meatballs recipe, click here.

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken Chunks

Tennessee: Nashville Hot Chicken Chunks
Courtesy of Perdue

Tennessee is known for its love of fried chicken, especially Nashville hot chicken. This Nashville Hot Chicken Chunks recipe will add some heat to your chicken that is balanced with a side of coleslaw and pickles.

For the Nashville Hot Chicken Chunks recipe, click here.

Texas: Big Game Fritos Pie

Texas: Big Game Fritos Pie
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner

Texans know there’s no game day without Frito pie. This iconic Texas recipe combines chili — without beans — and a bag of Fritos chips.

For the Big Game Fritos Pie recipe, click here.

Utah: Funeral Potato Street Tots with Fry Sauce

Utah: Funeral Potato Street Tots with Fry Sauce
Courtesy of Eggland's Best

Fry sauce is Utahns’ guilty pleasure, so this recipe will become their new favorite appetizer dish. This Funeral Potato Street Tots with Fry Sauce recipe combines shredded hash browns, cheese, garlic and more with a side of fry sauce made from ketchup, mayonnaise and pickle juice.

For the Funeral Potato Street Tots with Fry Sauce recipe, click here.

Vermont: Maple-Bacon Beer Burger

Vermont: Maple-Bacon Beer Burger
Courtesy Beef. It's What's For Dinner

This maple bacon beer burger recipe will help the residents of Vermont enjoy an appetizing game day meal that incorporates their signature maple flavor.

For the Maple-Bacon Beer Burger recipe, click here.

Virginia: Spiral Ham Sandwich

Virginia: Spiral Ham Sandwich

Courtesy of the National Pork Board

This recipe is the best way to make use of that leftover Virginia ham. For game day, try this spiral ham sandwich recipe using a baguette with smoked ham, strawberry jam and cheese butter.

For the Spiral Ham Sandwich recipe, click here.

Washington: Salmon Pastries with Dill Pesto

Washington: Salmon Pastries with Dill Pesto

For a state well-known for salmon and other fish, this is the perfect recipe to impress on game day. This salmon pastry with dill pesto recipe uses refrigerated pie crust to make this fresh mini appetizer.

For the Salmon Pastries with Dill Pesto recipe, click here.

Washington, DC: Classic Apple Pie

Washington, DC: Classic Apple Pie

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Game day doesn’t mean no dessert, right? The nation’s capital is as American as apple pie so wrap up game day with the classic dessert.

For the Classic Apple Pie recipe, click here.

West Virginia: Instant Pot Beef Chili

West Virginia: Instant Pot Beef Chili
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You can’t go wrong on game day with a classic beef chili that can be made easily inside of an Instant Pot before the Mountaineers play.

For the Instant Pot Beef Chili recipe, click here.

Wisconsin: Cheesehead Sliders

Wisconsin: Cheesehead Sliders
Courtesy of Beef. It's What's for Dinner

Of course, Wisconsinites love a Wisconsin-inspired recipe on game day. This Cheesehead Sliders recipe is a beer-infused burger that will definitely please any tailgating crowd.

For the Cheesehead Sliders recipe, click here.

Wyoming: Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats

Wyoming: Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats
Courtesy of McCormick Grill Mates

This Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats recipe is a Wyoming meat-lover’s dream. This recipe is made by sautéing peppers and onions while boiling brats and beer on the grill in a cast-iron pan. Once you’ve got your game-day entree, you just need a good salsa or dip recipe perfect for summer.

For the Grilled Mesquite Beer Brats recipe, click here.

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